Wednesday, December 31, 2014
This blog is staying put! Although I do like Blogger, for comics, it's not as practical as I'd like. However, it's perfect for regular art posts and am happy to say this will be the home of some of my many doodles and sketches I've been doing for the Daily Doodle and Sketch Dalies on Twitter. Many of these are just pencil sketches that will FINALLY be inked and colored and for the masses to enjoy! This blog will also be the exclusive home of the CRAZY CARTOON EXPERIMENT among other art jams and collabs!
Peppertown will be posting Fridays on ComicFury along with Bubble Fox retaining its Tuesday/Thursday schedule. I've been very happy with the service on CF and see no need to switch gears.
If you follow me on Patreon, you will get early access to both Bubble Fox AND Peppertown as a reward for helping me pay my bills. Of course, for a little bit more, you can get cool things like sketch cards and higher ticket prizes too!
And that's how it's gonna be. Hopefully that'll work for everyone and the transitions will all be smooth. And that's all for this week and this year! I want to wish you all a happy and safe New Year's Eve and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015! Y'all have been amazing and the best is yet to come! Take care, God bless and I'll catch y'all in 2015!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa and straight up Happy Holidays to all you amazing folks. May your Christmas day be wonderful and safe and full of love! Take care and I'll catch y'all later!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Welcome to Guest Week folks! The final one ever here at the CRAZYVERSE! And boy did I luck out this time! Rich Clabaugh of the great Graveyard Gang comic did this awesome strip giving Mike and Mindy one last hurrah before heading to the beach for retirement! Enjoy…
Uh oh Krampus, you better watch yourself! Mike and Mindy aren't your everyday kids and can definitely hold their own! They certainly are much better mannered in Rich's cartoon universe than mine! So polite!
Rich Clabaugh is the brilliant mind and hand behind the awesome web comic series Graveyard Gang, an all ages romp about a group of kids always getting into trouble with the supernatural spooks of their hometown of Ghostport, Massachusetts. With a name like that, how can that town NOT expect any kind of spectral activity? Rich is also a very good friend and a longtime supporter of the CRAZYVERSE, just a genuinely good guy all around. His comic is all ages for good reason: ANY one of ANY age can read and enjoy it. Rich is quickly getting up their with artists like Jimmy Gownley and Stan Sakai as being tops in the field so if you haven't read it yet, click the links! You'll love what you see!
Well, that's all for this week folks. Thanks again to Rich Clabaugh for sending Mike And Mindy off on a high note! Next week's a light post featuring a new Christmas Splash Page from the CRAZYVERSE faithful! Until then, take care and remember to think of others this Christmas. Donate now while there's still time!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
And now, we come to another ending, this time for Mushrooms. But where one strip ends, a new one begins, and now we get to know are new pals a little bit better! So lets get on our party gear and head on over to CRAZY HQ for the shindig to end all shindigs…
Yup. Peppertown is gonna be a pretty wild toon! Did y'all expect anything different from me? Honestly now! That cake was tasty. Took forever to comb it out of Bubble's fur though. And even the Dancing Asparagus popped in for a bit! And yes, that IS Mike and Mindy yelling surprise with the others! Yeah, I know it's a copout since they don't actually have individual voices, but now you can all say you've seen them talk!
I've always felt guilty about Mushrooms. The truth is, this series was what I sent in to the syndicates and MAD Magazine, but alas was always rejected. I had so many ideas for it though that I didn't just want to shelve it and I felt two monthly comics was better than one, so along came Mushrooms. With few reoccurring characters and no real point, it always seemed to be left out of the CRAZY canon. I think some of my best comics were Mushrooms toons and hope down the line fans will come to appreciate it. Not that no one did. Mushrooms had it's fans, but amid the see of wackiness with Mike And Mindy and Bubble Fox, it often got lost in the shuffle. I'm proud of where this series went and glad I did it. Taught me much and proved I could handle dialogue-heavy strips too.
Well folks, that's all for now. Next week, Rich Clabaugh from the awesome Graveyard Gang comic works his magic for Guest Week! So come on down and enjoy a new look for Mike And Mindy! Until then, take care and remember to donate this Holiday Season. Help your fellow man.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
We've come to it at last… The Christmas Rush! Oh, and the final Mike And Mindy comic. This is a day I've dreaded for a while, but know it had to come. Plenty of thoughts are running through my head right now, but we'll get to that later. For now, let's enjoy the grand finale...
Talk about a "Smashing" end! I struggled for while with this. Should it be a gag ending? A happy ending? Have the entire series just be a dream of a kid in the hospital? I was about to give up when I remembered an old song from Eric Idle about life and its bright sides. So yeah, Mike and Mindy have a happy ending by avoiding a gag. When in doubt, search Monty Python out!
And so it ends. I want to thank you all so much for the love and support I received these last five years. I honestly never thought I'd get this far, but these goofy kids that came to me out desperation just wouldn't keep quiet. To have gotten this far on a monthly schedule with characters that don't talk is certainly something and it is hard to walk away. But the honest truth is I really have run out of ideas for them. Having been a creator long enough now, I understand the "Quit while you're ahead" mentality much better. It's never good to overstay your welcome, and I'd rather end Mike And Mindy now while they're still funny and fresh than just keep going with subpar stories and let them get stale. I care about them too much.
Mike and Mindy will never truly be gone. There are still several book projects and animated adventures in the works. And they WILL get one more CRAZYVERSARY month in February so that they can float off into the sunset in style.
In the meantime, many hints have been dropped in recent months about the coming of a New CRAZY series. And if you're a CRAZY Patron, you'd already know it, but for those that aren't, here's the title of the new comic! Brace yourself for...
What is Peppertown you ask? It's the wild tale of a lonely slacker named Joe who inadvertently adopts a wild little girl from outer space named Wendy! Together, they form a bond and have many wild adventures! Y'all have already had brief glimpses of Joe and Wendy, but the real fun begins in January! So strap in and hold on to your bloomers when Peppertown arrives!
That's all for this week folks. Next week, Mushrooms gets it's final farewell and offers even more of a glimpse into the new series. You might even see an old pal or two, so be sure to stop on by. And also, with the Holidays approaching, be sure to think of others this season. It doesn't take much to help someone in need. Make a difference and donate, be it food, money, clothes or toys. Help others this Christmas. Take care and I'll catch y'all later.